Federal Minister Gröhe defends cuts to health funds
The Bundestag voted to cut the federal subsidy to the health fund of the statutory health insurance. After the opposition expressed massive criticism of the decision, Federal Health Minister Gröhe defended the cuts.
Federal Minister Gröhe defends cuts Federal Minister of Health Hermann Gröhe (CDU) has defended the decision of the black and red federal government to cut the federal subsidy to the health fund. According to an AFP report, he said in the budget debate of the Bundestag: "The statutory health insurance is well financed." According to a report from a few weeks ago, the reserves of the health insurance funds are more than 16 billion euros and those of the health fund more than 13 billion euros. However, CDU health expert Jens Spahn recently said: “However, expenditures will foreseeably increase significantly more than revenues; the reserves will not last forever. "
Billion-dollar cuts planned As part of budget consultations, the Bundestag had previously passed the Budget Accompanying Act 2014 with a majority of the Union and the SPD. This provides for the federal subsidy to the health fund of the statutory health insurance to be reduced by 3.5 to 10.5 billion euros for 2014 and 2.5 to 11.5 billion euros for the coming year. In 2016, the subsidy is expected to increase again to the originally planned value of 14.0 billion euros and then permanently to 14.5 billion euros.
Violent criticism from the Left Party From the Left Party came violent criticism. For example, Gesine Lötzsch, the chairman of the budget committee of the German Bundestag, accused the government of "debugging problems into the future" with the subsidy cut. It has nothing to do with sustainability. The left also demands an additional 2.5 billion euros to alleviate the investment backlog of 50 billion euros in hospitals. The health spokesman for the left faction, Harald Weinberg, demanded that ensuring inpatient care should remain a public task. Without the additional money, another wave of privatizations at clinics is to be feared.
Savings only to be borne by the insured The Greens also criticized the restrictions: "With these cuts, you provoke increases in contributions," said Elin Deligöz, member of the Committee on Budgets. The insured would then have to bear the savings alone through additional contributions. After a period of surpluses, spending by the statutory health insurance funds recently increased significantly. Some health insurance companies are in the red and therefore expect additional contributions from the coming year. (ad)
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